Thursday, September 20, 2018

Pact Days: Series News Bits #ValespianPact #Cosntant #AlphaTrine


Welcome to Pact Day!

Today I want to talk about the conflict that changed the GryFalconi in many ways, crating disparity in their society. They are one of the species that have a more fleshed out background than other species with more details to their history and people. 

In the series, the navigator of the Oethra 7, Axis de la Rynch, is a GryFalconi. Visually, GyrFalconi are brightly colored between their skin color and feathers. Those living in the high places of Aries 7 have wings and have an arrogance that, in the recent years, has hurt the victims of the Terren invasion more than helped.

Axis is a biped and almost as tall as Dargon, who is 2.4 meter tall (7.87 feet). He has dark brown skin and a plume of red-tipped gray feathers instead of hair. His round eyes are large and black with an outer ring of yellow. He has dark-colored finger nails and a wide, boney-plated nose which gives him a flat-faced appearance. 

The GyrFalconi's coloring of feathers and skin is very vibrant and different from being to being. The males are much more brilliant in their variations than the females, their plumage used to attract others during mating. The dullest of the GyrFalconi are the nesting males before they reach their prime. I'll talk more about that in next weeks blog post. GyrFalconi coloring doesn't help them hide in their surroundings but meant to make them stand out. It has been several hundred generations since they have had to worry about predators plucking them out of the sky or from the foliage. 

Axis is one of the GyrFalconi who didn't escape when the Terrens attacked the place where he lived. He was captured at a young age and was part of the group who had their wings removed so they could be put to work in the mines. 

Now, you might wonder why the Terren still used a primitive way of mining for valuables? This is far into humanity's future, surely they would have a better way of removing the crystals from Aries 7 than slave labor? 

Sure there is equipment that can be used to strip a location of valuable ore. But there are rules to invasion. You don't bring in the high tech, valuable equipment for phase two of the takeover until threats from the population has been subdued and the opposing military force decimated. There is a risk of sabotage and loss of equipment that would take years to replace. Aries 7 is not near the Terren controlled space of the Milky Way, but situated within the Andromeda Galaxy, and not reached quickly or easily. Therefore the Terren's had to secure the planet before they could completely take advantage of Aries 7 natural resources.

There is another reason that has to do with keeping the structural integrity of the M'Cathaian crystals. If shattered, they are useless.

Keep in mind that the four Terren companies that govern the humans were on the brink of collapsing because they had expended more money than they could bring in with the resources they currently controlled. The highly sought after M'Cathaian crystals were extremely valuable and the Terren military didn't have the non-combat personnel to extract the gems themselves. They needed the revenue the crystals would bring. So in their desperation, the people of the mountain communities the Terrens subjugated were utilized to work in the mines that would bring in money that would allow the Terrens to continue their endeavors on Aries 7. 

The GyrFalconi's lack of obvious technology reinforced the Terren's superiority complex. Since GyrFalconi could fly, they had every few transportation vehicles. They did have a half dozen sky cities but no recognizable manufacturing or industrial facilities. The GyrFalconi had a military force, but not a large one. Their people didn't war against each other and until the Terren's surprise attack, they didn't worry overmuch about invasion from space. They were part of the Valespian Pact and as such, their sector was patrolled by Galactic Imperial Patrol (GIP).

The Terren's had invaded and occupied a portion of Aries 7 for three Galactic Standard years before Valespia's Andromadan Galactic Legion arrived to evict them. The Twenty Year War started but the humans had plenty of time to do irreparable damage to the GyrFalconi under their control. 

Six months before Aries 7 was liberated, Axis was captured. He was young at the time, almost old enough to have his own nest but not quite. The Terrens removed his wings and forced him into the mines even knowing that GyrFalconi who lost the ability to fly and kept in the mines usually died within a year. 

Those who were liberated from Terren control were quickly shunned by the GyFalconi in the sky cities and not allowed to rejoin kin in the high places or even the mountain towns.

The GyrFalconi who had their wings removed were only one kind of injury left the wake of the Terren occupation. Warehouses filled with incubating eggs were discovered. The hatchlings born in captivity had underdeveloped wings, and no one knew exactly what the humans did to cause such changes in the GyrFalconi. Originally, the hatchlings were given to the winged in the sky cities but when it was discovered the hatchling's wings would never grow big enough to allow them to fly, the hatchlings were returned to the ground cities, further widening the rift in between the winged and wingless. The wingless adopted the hatchlings and the subsequent generations were born with inferior wings.

Within the first six Galactic Standard months after Aries 7 was liberated, GIP reported back to the Galactic Imperials, describing the way the victims of the Terren occupation had been shunned by those still whole. The Galactic Imperials sent aid to the displaced, stationing GIP planetside to ensure the supplies weren't redirected to the sky cities. Modern cities were built ground level and the GIP helped as best as they could to treat not only the physical wounds of the survivors but the emotional ones. A governing council was established, and a police and military force created. The displaced GyrFalconi did not expect their winged brethren would treat them fairly and learned quickly how to not only to protect themselves physically, but also through the courts and the spiritual clergy.

Schools were built in the ground cities, catering to occupations that would better be suited to those now bound to the land. Some GyrFalconi sought ways to take to the sky and became pilots, while others left their homeworld for the stars, becoming highly sought after starship navigators. They had retained their natural sense of location of their spacefaring ancestors, allowing them to know where they were in the galaxy in relation to their homeplanet. 

This incident colored the opinions of the people of the Valepsian Pact, placing Terrens in such poor light that even after several years post event, animosity remained high against humans. The monetary compensation the Terrens agreed to would help the rebuild parts of Aries 7 but no amount of money could mend GyrFalconi society. The harmony between the people was broken and their own fears created additional harm that the victims of the Terren occupation will never forget, even if they eventually forgive. 

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Assassin's Retirment Chapter Twenty-Six #blogstory #Gentleman #ION #amwriting


Hey there! We have the next chapter of Assassin's Retirement where Zane has been made keeper of the mantles. Now, it is time for Anatha to deal with Ella. *evil cackle*


Chapter Twenty-Six

"Uhmm…Thank you?"

What had he gotten himself into?

Zane stared at Myranda, understanding that Medusa the Wise stared at him through Myranda's eyes. A shiver gripped him. Very little information survived history on the true Medusa. There was no question she was powerful, and even dangerous, but to whom exactly? She just laid some goddess mojo on him, and though he wasn't ungrateful for the trust she placed in him, he was 'weirded out'. He never actually understood the phrase until just then.

Alonzo's warmth covered his back and Zane immediately rested against him, taking shelter in the comforting embrace. The relief Alonzo's touch provided was something Zane would have to look at later, but for the moment, he was relieved his fear had been momentarily swept away.

"You are generous, Medusa," Alonzo intoned reverently. "We will strive to be worthy of this boon."

"I have no doubts," Medusa replied, her voice sounding like the hiss of scales rubbing together. The pouch at her waist writhed, something thumping against the hard leather several times. Zane did not want to know what was in it and was pretty sure he was all right with his lack of knowledge. "Now, we must deal with Ella and see how deep this corruption goes."

Zane swallowed thickly. He had to ask. "And if the corruption goes beyond the House of Oden's—Bal—uhm, Runes?"

"Then we will dig it out. They will not be able to hide from me." Even with the veil obscuring the majority of Myranda's face, what he could see of her smile made Zane's blood run cold.

Alonzo stepped around Zane and offered his arm to her. "Shall we?" he inquired formally.

Without a word, she slipped her hand into the crook of his elbow. Zane hurried to the door, leading the way back to the main room. He sensed the power of the goddess pushing at him as she and Alonzo followed. Everyone else must have felt the goddess riding Myranda because they were on the opposite side of the room, away from the dining area and the door to the garage where Ella was being held. The Valkyrie were lined up against the wall, their gazes trained on the floor. Strangely, all the bandmembers, as well as Skyld, had their backs to the room. Not one of them glanced over their shoulder. Upon seeing that, Zane didn't feel so bad about his own instinctual fear. Obviously they knew something he did not.

He opened the door to the mud room. Behind him, Medusa told the room that Zane was the protector of the lost and stolen mantels. Saja said something, but Zane didn't care. He opened the door to the garage.

Ella, hands and feet still bound, was attempting to hoist herself up onto a workbench in order to get to the window over it. Zane said nothing, crossing his arms as he waited to be noticed. She was oblivious, the duct tape over her mouth muffling her whimpers. Behind him Medusa's power flowed into the room. Ella must have sensed it because she frantically scrambled, knocking tools over that clattered loudly onto the concrete floor.

"That is enough." Medusa's command was said softly, but the result was if she had shouted. Ella startled and fell over backwards off the bench, landing hard on her back. "Alonzo, keep Zane back. Neither of you are to touch me. Do not attempt to look at my face for any reason. I will allow Zane to ask questions, if he has any. But know this, Ella's fate is in my hands. I will not be contradicted. Do I make myself clear?"

Zane's affirmative reply did not give away how he trembled. Any other time with anyone else, he would've been annoyed with himself. Very few things threw him, scared him. But then he had never been in the presence of a deity. He completely understood why worshipers would supplicate themselves. Who wanted to draw the ire of the being that could crush you in every way possible?

Ella whimpered pathetically, scrambling as best as she could away from Medusa. Zane felt no compassion for her. Turning so that her back was to Zane and Alonzo, Medusa stooped, yanking the gray tape from Ella's mouth.

"Whatever they have told you, Myranda, it is a lie," Ella exclaimed hurriedly. "We were attacked as soon as we landed. We have done nothing to provoke his ill-treatment." Ella's dark hair fell into her eyes and her once pristine pantsuit was dirty and wrinkled, yet as she groveled and cowered she had an almost regal bearing.

Zane moved closer to Alonzo. Even though Medusa faced away from him, the moment she tugged her veil free the power tripled. He was brought to his knees, but Alonzo was there, immediately wrapping his arms around Zane, pressing Zane's face into his chest. "Don't even look at her back." Alonzo counseled softly. "The goddess is nearer to the surface than normal. She must be very angry."

Zane wouldn't argue. He had never felt the like before and hoped to never again.

"Medusa!" Ella gasped. "I have done nothing to deserve your attention." Real fear was in her voice now.

"Child, you forget that I am the Wise One. Goddess of death and rebirth, destruction and creation. As such, I cannot only see your future but your past."

Zane couldn't help himself. He needed to see what was going on. He turned his head until he could see the garage from the corner of his eye. Ella truly cowered now, shaking her head furiously until the dark strands flew about her face. "You have no right to judge me. I am an Oracle and deserve to be heard by my sisters. Only they can condemn me. And… And they won't. I have only been doing what my house has commanded."

"Did your house sister, Peony, did she not deserve to be heard by the others before you killed her?" Zane wasn't sure how Medusa's raspy voice could turn more deadly, but it did, sending chills over his skin.

"Peony was an accident. We only wanted to discipline her for going—" As if realizing she'd said too much, Ella clamped her mouth shut so hard Zane heard her teeth clack.

"Like I told you, I already know. Just as I know that you weren't aggrieved when she died from her wounds. I also know that in order to get back at Skyld, you killed his brother when you discovered Mikael had not died but lived as a human. Peony planned to go to the fledgling organization I.O.N. to report the theft of the mantels. Her action would have taken away the power the House of Oden's Runes enjoyed, as well as freeing those the house had enslaved. I know exactly how you planned to ensnare Zane. You weren't sure if he was a scion. You've been watching his human mother for a year and only saw her mundaneness. But if Zane's father had lied about his death, you wondered if he lied about Zane's parentage. Even if Zane was no more remarkable than his mother, at least you would have an assassin at your beck and call."

Silence reigned. Ella looked past Medusa to where Zane knelt on the floor with Alonzo. "Was I right? Is he a scion?"

Zane was floored. Ella was before an executioner of overwhelming power, and she was looking for what? Vindication?

Medusa loosened the mask at her waist and slipped it over her head. Ella screamed and turned, trying to scramble away, but she didn't get far with her hands and feet tied.

"Is Zane Snow Cortese"—Zane's very bones vibrated. He threw his hands over his ears but could not block out Medusa's great and terrible voice—"a scion? Yes, he is, but he is also a patrón, a servant of Tezcatlipoca, whether he knows it or not. If you had attempted to ensnare him, you would've awakened the sleeping god. He is not forgiving. Your death would have last a hundred years for attempting to steal what belongs to him." Medusa reached into the writhing purse at her belt, pulling out a fistful of squirming colorful snakes. Ella mewled like a wounded animal, begging for mercy.

Medusa cocked her head, listening to what, Zane didn't know. "I think your arrival here has awakened him anyway. One more mess you have made that I will have to clean up. Perhaps if I give him your house, his wrath would be satisfied."

She threw the snakes onto Ella, the sound of rubbing scales growing louder with each passing second. Ella screamed. When the snakes landed on her, Ella writhed. They didn't fall off but found openings in her clothing to burrow underneath. One wrapped around her bound hands… everywhere it touched, her skin turned a dark, granite gray. It dawned on Zane, they were turning Ella to stone. She screamed louder and when she looked at him with pleading eyes, Zane flipped his middle finger at her.

Alonzo tugged him to his feet, and Zane didn't fight to stay. Quickly, he was led back into the house. The garage and mud room doors closed behind them with a boom. Still clinging to each other, he and Alonzo staggered to the dining table. The effects of Her presence lessened the further they were from Medusa.

"Holy shit," Zane gasped in a full breath, pressing a hand to his roiling stomach. How long had he been breathing shallowly? Ella screams cut off sharply.

"Come, let us help you," Saja took Zeus's free arm. "Sit down for a moment."

"I have never seen men walk through her power so easily." The other Valkyrie helping Alonzo sounded incredulous.


Zane snorted. She had brought him to his knees. He probably would have face-planted if Alonzo hadn't caught him. When he looked to Cord and the guys, he was shocked to see them on the floor, out cold. Huh? Medusa's power had been awesome, but not that aw— well, maybe it was. Zane shivered.


Table of Contents


Chapter One - Retirement
Chapter Two - Normal is not supposed to be this hard
Chapter Three - Caught
Chapter Four - Crimson Comet
Chapter Five - Mountain Magic
Chapter Six, Part 1 - Harbinger of a Nightmare
Chapter Six, Part 2 -
Chapter Seven, Part 1 - Stolen Answers
Chapter Seven, Part 2 -
Chapter Eight, Part 1 - No such thing as heroes
Chapter Eight, Part 2 -
Chapter Nine, Part 1 - Dead is supposed to be... dead
Chapter Nine, Part 2 -
Chapter Ten, Part 1 - Gathering Allies
Chapter Ten, Part 2
Chapter Eleven - Combustible
Chapter Twelve - Standing His Ground
Chapter Thirteen - Choices
Chapter Fourteen, Part 1
Chapter Fourteen, Part 2
Chapter Fifteen, Part 1 - To kill, or not to kill
Chapter Fifteen, Part 2
Chapter Sixteen - Maricoxi Guardians
Chapter Seventeen - Coincidence?
Chapter Eighteen, Part One - Guns Ablazin'
Chapter Eighteen, Part Two
Chapter Nineteen, Part One - Reckoning
Chapter Nineteen, Part Two
Chapter Twenty - Mercy
Chapter Twenty-One
Chapter Twenty-Two, Part One
Chapter Twenty-Two, Part Two
Chapter Twenty-Two, Part Three
Chapter Twenty-Three
Chapter Twenty-Four
Chapter Twenty-Five, Part 1

Chapter Twenty-Five, Part 2
Chapter Twenty-Six


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Saturday, September 15, 2018

What's on the Reading Radar? #WishList #TBR

My week has been super busy. I have created an author page on Facebook and I'm putting together a quarterly newsletter that will deal mainly with new releases. Working on getting Twin Flames (Sumeria's Sons, 1) produced as an audiobook. And there is just a ton of other things that I need to do. For some reason, this week has felt busier than previous ones.


Title: Destiny: A Prequel to Bound by Destiny
Series: The Harvest Young
Author(s): MA Church
Length: 68 pages
Publisher

Genre: Romance / Sci-Fi / Gay

Notes:

Blurb: Raiden Shou knew who his mate was before he took his first breath. Hard to believe? Well, when it comes to these Tah’Narians and their young, nothing is impossible. 

Did destiny bring Raiden and Dayo together? Or something else? And does it really matter when the love of a lifetime awaits?

Follow Raiden and Dayo from birth to their mating day. See how their bond evolves as they grow older, how the struggle of being part of the Tah’Narian royal family takes on an unexpected meaning to the young warriors, and how their hopes and dreams cumulate into a future they can’t wait to embrace at long last.




Title: Black Annis: Demon Hunter
Series(Revenge of the Witch Book 1)
Author(s): Aubrey Law
Length: 212 pages
Publisher

Genre: Romance / Urban Fantasy /Dark Paranormal / Lesbian / 

Notes:

BlurbHell has no fury like a Black Witch betrayed

The legendary and dreadful witch Black Annis rises again after she was brutally executed and snatches the body of an unsuspecting young woman in modern Los Angeles. Annis must adapt to the new world after four-hundred years of torment in the Lake of Fire and her hatred of the Priesthood with their demon allies is eternal. The hunt for her enemies has begun but the woman's body she selfishly possessed will change Annis in ways she never imagined possible. Can a Black Witch's cold empty heart ever know love?

Powerful Necromancers, deadly Archdemons, and even the angels of Heaven all want to spill the blood of Black Annis. Those who seek to kill her will not rest until she is dead again and her dark soul is returned to the Lake of Fire.



Title: Queen of Gods
Series(Vampire Crown Book 1)
Author(s): Scarlet Dawn, Katherine Rhodes
Length: 399 pages
Publisher

Genre: Romance / Vampires / Paranormal / Reverse Harem / Poly / 

Notes: I've been on the fence about reading this sreis. RH is good but I like my multiple partner romances to have a little bit more love and respect between all the characters. I was reading the blurbs for the next two books and the little content warning sold me. "*CONTENT WARNING: This book contains graphic language, violent content, and sexual situations (M/F, M/F/M, M/M/M, and M/F/M/M). It is intended for audiences 18+ ONLY.*" Yes, please.

Blurb: Magic is life. 
Bound to S'Kir, the Unseen Gods wait to reunite with their brethren. Only an ancient prophecy keeps their hope alive.

Blood is life.
Locked away from S'Kir on earth, the Vampire Overlords and an Original Druid hold their crowns with brute power. The Law is all that keeps their savage nature hidden.

Until one defiant vampire is awakened early from her Rest and summoned to the vampire stronghold. In her wake, all hell breaks loose...

Magic always wins.
But never without blood.

*CONTENT WARNING: This book contains graphic language and sexual situations. It is intended for audiences 18+ ONLY*
*Slow-burn Reverse Harem (for one woman) with guaranteed sexy times in each book*




TitleThe Mercenaries of the Stolen Moon
Series: Tales of the high Court, 4
Author(s): Megan Derr
Length: 100k
Publisher: LT3 Press

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Pansexual / Bisexual / Trans / 

Notes: Releases 11/21

Blurb: For twenty years Myra has served the High King, so familiar, respected, and envied the rest of the palace calls him the High Secretary. For twenty years he has kept his secrets buried, and after so long he dares to believe he has left his past behind. But during the Festival of Harmony, tragedy strikes, and Myra's past is dragged into the present.

Once third in command of Fathoms Deep, Charlaine is used to shadows and secrets, but even he is shocked to learn what his best friend, and the man he secretly loves, has been hiding all these years. In the wake of a terrible tragedy, he doesn't know what to do—except whatever it takes to help his friends.

Though Jac is a member of the Three-headed Dragons and primary bodyguard to the High Consort, she is used to being overlooked and underestimated. But she didn't earn her spurs by backing down, and she's not about to do so now—even if she must defy the High Throne itself to save the man she's falling in love with.




Title: Murder of Crows: Shaman States of America
Series: Stealheads
Author(s): James Osris Baldwin, Chrishaun Keller Hanna
Length: 185 pages
Publisher

Genre: Romance / Lesbian / Urban Fantasy / 

Notes:

BlurbMonsters are real - and we are their prey.

Elizabeth Fox is small, dark, and deadly. As the new leader of the Steelheads, Washington’s top monster hunting team, she must face down monsters in single combat, absorb their power, and banish their spirits – or die trying.

A family is slaughtered in their Seattle penthouse by a prehistoric nightmare too powerful for the cops to handle. The Steelheads are called in to destroy the monster and rescue the only survivor: a young girl who is at the center of another bloody mass murder the very next day.

The girl is innocent.

Whatever has control of her is not.

Starring a fierce Valkyrie who must learn to rely on her teammates - a mysterious and devastatingly handsome sniper and a Marines combat veteran with an encyclopedic knowledge of monsters - Murder of Crows is set within the expansive world of the Shaman States of America. Join Liz, Inari and Jack as they take on monsters, gangsters and each other in Book One of the Seattle Steelheads series!



Title: Fairy Dusted
Series
Author(s): Shannon West, Susan E. Scott
Length: 209 pages
Publisher: Painted Hearts Publishing; 2 edition (August 28, 2018)

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Urban Fantasy / Gay / 

Notes:

Blurb:

When FBI agent Cole Gregory is called to his bureau chief’s office and recruited for a special task force, he is confronted with the commander of the force, a handsome, enigmatic man named Commander Levi who makes Cole feel restless and uneasy. Cole learns of a world beyond our own, one entered only through special Blood Gates, into a world where Faeries and Demons rule, and where Fae and Paranormal creatures exist. These creatures are dangerous to humans, and the FBI has a secret special task force to keep the Blood Gates sealed. An astonished Cole is informed that he has been selected as a member of this force. While all that’s hard enough to believe, even worse is the way Commander Levi looks at Cole, as if he wants to consume him. When Levi changes into a powerful demon right before his eyes, Cole begins to wonder if he’ll even survive this encounter, or will this demon take possession of not only his body but his very soul?


Slade is another FBI agent and Cole’s best friend. When Cole suddenly goes missing and no one can explain where he is, he goes looking for him and stumbles into an open Blood Gate, where he encounters a powerful and handsome wizard, who tries and fails to send him back to the human world.

They seek help from others in the Realm and soon become caught up in a powerful war raging in the Faery Domain, one that his friend Cole, along with Levi, are already mixed up in. When Cole and Slade are both taken by the evil Faery king and slated for sacrifice, they realize they have to stick together and use all their training and a bit of luck to make it out of this alive.



Title: Edge of Nowhere
Series
Author(s): Felicia Davin
Length: 299 pages
Publisher: Etymon Press (July 31, 2018)

Genre: Romance / Sci-Fi / Gay / 

Notes:

Blurb: Kit Jackson has two talents in life. He can navigate the void known as the Nowhere to teleport himself across long distances and he can keep his mouth shut. These talents have earned him a reputation as a discreet, reliable Nowhere runner—he’ll smuggle anything for the right price—and that’s how Kit likes it. Morals don’t earn money, and neither do friends. When the private research firm Quint Services makes Kit an astounding offer for a mystery delivery, he says yes.

The parcel turns out to be an unconscious man, and even for Kit, that raises questions. When something monstrous attacks them in the Nowhere and throws them into an unknown wilderness, Kit and this stranger, a man named Emil, have to rely on each other. Kit just wants to make his delivery and get paid, but he finds himself increasingly entangled in Quint Services’ dangerous research—and his own attraction to Emil.

Emil Singh left his career in the Orbit Guard to work at Quint Services Facility 17, a base hidden in an asteroid, to prepare a team to cross the Nowhere into other worlds. It’s the chance of a lifetime and he can’t wait to explore the universe. But then Emil witnesses a terrible accident in a Facility 17 lab and gets sent to Earth for questioning. Something isn’t right, but before Emil can investigate, he and the Nowhere runner hired to transport him are knocked off course. Is the monster that attacks them a creation of Quint Services? What else is the corporation hiding? He has to get back to Facility 17 to protect his team and he needs Kit’s help. Can he trust the cynical young smuggler?




Title: Syn Consulting
Series: Dragos War Chronicles, 1
Author(s): AG Carothers
Length: 189 pages
Publisher

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Urban Fantasy / Bisexual / Gay / Poly / 

Notes:

Blurb: Continue to hide or help save the very kin she's hidden from?

Welcome to SYN Consulting, the top business strategy consulting firm in Europe, home to a motley crew whose leader has a life changing secret. CEO, Danica Lestrange, is the first female dragon born in the last 800 years. Hidden from the rest of her kin and raised in the human world, she built a life that she would defend until her death.

A devious plan is unearthed while working on a new business deal that could plunge the dragons into another war with the humans. The humans may have forgotten the last dragon-human war, but the dragons have not. Will the war reveal this hidden world to the humans, or will the clans come together to defeat their enemies and maintain their anonymity?

Danica must gather her allies and help the very dragons she's hidden from her whole life. She can only hope that she'll be strong enough to protect her chosen family.



This is the first book in a new series about dragons who want nothing more than to live in peace, but refuse to be subjugated. In war there's also love, and love is blind. Love doesn't care about gender, race, species (in this case), or sexuality.

Warning: This book contains explicit sexual content between consenting adults. The sexual scenes are MM, MF, and MMF. There are romantic relationships depicted that are MM. There is also a high level of explicit language, snark, kink, and possibly bad puns and fart jokes.

This book does end in a cliffhanger. Book 2 will be released in November 2018.




Title: Legacy
Series(Deity Rising Book 1)
Author(s): Kilian Grey
Length: 447 pages
Publisher: Zurr Sol; 1 edition (September 3, 2018)

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Gay /

Notes:

Blurb: A fractured hierarchy. A buried past. The wind tells all, to those who listen.

Tension is high among the kingdoms of Alimphis and information about the past is prohibited. The Kingsley royal line has lived under restrictive rules from the deities, Emoris and Lathil, but the royal family also holds a great secret.

Prince Faust has kept his affinity for magic hidden by the order of his brother, King Konrad. His life is thrown into chaos when Emoris discovers he can wield all four magic stones and tries to kill him. King Konrad sends Faust away under the guise of a prestigious court merchant. Outrunning the deities isn’t easy, and Faust is exposed to the corruption and lies that have settled in the kingdoms.

With the help of a rather amorous mercenary and King Konrad’s allies, Faust embarks on a path to restore order to Alimphis’s kingdoms. Emoris and Lathil will stop at nothing to ensure he fails, even pitting him against his own family. Faust isn’t alone in his fight as those with power gather to assist him. But is he ready to shoulder the weight of war?



This book (series) contains dark themes, M/M moderate heat, and is intended for mature audiences.




Title: The Returned
Series: The Complete Trilogy
Author(s): Emyrs Apollo
Length: 284 pages
Publisher

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Gay / 

Notes:

BlurbIn an ancient world of magic and mythos, a war has broken out. As the dragon guardians vanish and old gods rise to bring chaos and destruction, lovers Emerys and Aeron find that they are the only ones who can bring peace to a desolate land.

But ancient magic is more than meets the eye, and the pair must triumph and rise... or die.


Title: Unbearable Mates
Series
Author(s): Calandra Hunter
Length: 114 pages
Publisher

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Gay /

Notes:

Blurb: Bear shifter Peter Harris just wants one thing: catch the wanted criminal he's been tracking down. His latest case has led him to an art gallery in the small town of Wethersville, and his plan is simple: Attend the exhibition opening, pretend to like paintings, and solve the case before moving onto his next one. But running into his destined mate changes everything, especially since his mate might just be the most arrogant man Peter has ever met. 

Swan shifter Henry Sinclair just wants one thing: for the exhibition opening he's organised to run smoothly. Everything seems like it's going according to plan until he meets his destined mate, and he isn't sure what's worse: that there's a wanted criminal at the gallery, or that his true mate is a selfish jerk who doesn't like art.

After a passionate quickie turns into a passionate argument, Peter and Henry decide to team up for now. The sooner they get rid of the thief, the sooner they can get out of each other's lives.

But as the evening goes on and they learn to work together, they also learn about each other. Can they get a second chance to make a first impression, or has the situation become unbearable?

This is a 38000 word standalone shifter romance with a HEA and explicit sex scenes between two men. No cliffhangers.


TitleQueen Takes Checkmate
Series: Their Vampire Queen, 5
Author(s): Joely Sue Burkhart
Length: 301 pages
PublisherJoely Sue Burkhart (September 9, 2018)

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Vampires / Poly / Myths 

Notes: Okay this was tagged on at the last minute since the book came out this week. I have been waiting for this conclusion to the series. I will probably have devoured this book long before this post goes up on Saturday. :)


BlurbThe god of light has met his match. But whose life will the red serpent claim?

Killing the queen of New York City has added a million new responsibilities to Shara Isador’s list. The former queen’s Blood must be dealt with before they turn thrall. The queens Keisha Skye coerced into sibling relationships must either be formally sworn to House Isador or freed. Though Shara can’t in good conscience allow anyone into her house who took part in the rampant torture in which House Skye indulged.

While every single day, Shara feels the weight of the red serpent coiled around her throat. The goddess’s gift grows heavier with every passing moment. If she doesn’t act, the serpent will consume everything she loves. But if she goes after Ra as promised…

Someone she loves very much will die.

Any of her Blood will gladly pay that cost, but Shara loves them too much to even consider losing one of them.

Who will survive the epic showdown with Ra, the god of light, and will this be the end of Shara Isador’s story?



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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Pact Days: Series News Bits #ValespianPact #Cosntant #AlphaTrine


Welcome back to Pact Days!

Today, I'm going to stick to news so it will be a shortish post. I'm working on next week's which will be about the GyrFalconi. They are one of my favorite species (other than the Alpha-Zetamites, or the Mar'Sani, or the Dire D'Noss... LOL) and a bit more fleshed out than some because Axis de la Rynch will have a book after Bespoken called Chosen

The first bit of news is that I'm going to have a quarterly newsletter. It will come out... yep, quarterly, and will have release information and other bits of news so that you won't miss when I release a new book. For instance, one of my other series, Twin Flames (Sumeria's Sons, 1) will be coming out on audio later this year. That will make the newsletter. So if you want to sign-up, here is the link. Like I said, you will only get something once a quarter, besides the welcome to the newsletter bit. No spamming your email. I don't have time or have that much to say, really. LOL



The second bit of news had to do with updating you on where Constant (Valespian Pact, 3) is at. When I handed Constant over to the beta readers in March, the book was 67k. With Caledonia Destiny releasing in July, my weekly blog story, Assassin's Retirement, and then the contact renewal and re-editing of Alpha Trine, I was juggling edits and such along with trying to fix things with Constant. May, June, and July were mostly editing on anything but Constant. I even put Assassin's Retirement on hiatus for a couple of weeks because I just couldn't spare the time. But after the first week of August, I was back down to just Constant and Assassin's Retirement, and since then I have been writing new chapters for Constant, tossing out what doesn't work, or expanding what does. Now the book is up to 102k and I'm still working on it. I know those who love the Valespian Pact are like, 'YEEEESSSS, give me more'.

Readers have asked for some more details on Zeus and his family, which some of what I plan does fit well into Constant, but I had to acknowledge the other day that some of the scenes will probably be cut. They just don't fit. A couple of scenes that are flash backs to Azaes's, Mestor's, and Zeus's childhood will be gathered into a short anthology which I'll put on Instant Freebie. Some of the others stories, if there are any, I plan on publishing in a short story anthology, probably after Constant is published so that it doesn't give out spoilers. 

The one thing about the Valespian Pact that makes writing in this world hard is that it is detailed, more detailed than I had originally planned. The plot is vast and intricate because real life is sometimes not that uncomplicated. 




There are several 300 page note books, print outs, maps, and even Word and Excel files that has information that helps me keep track of timelines, events, locations, appearances, planets, types of starships... you get the idea. This world is massive and there is much that I have to keep track of. With Constant taking place the same time as Striker, I also have to match up those timelines and make sure things don't get hinky. So the books are coming, they will just take a bit longer so that I can be sure I get them right. 




The last thing I would like to talk about is Alpha Trine. :) A couple of weeks ago I spoke about re-editing Alpha Trine. I took care of all the little things that bugged me. I fleshed out a few things, such as gave characters last names like Abechan of Glimmering Moor who was only Abechan before. I standardized time telling: Atlainticians count years by 'summers', but when in space everyone uses the Galactic Standard time. I called the police and military a dozen different things. Clarified things that were generalized, and so on. I got my books in the mail the other day and I thought it felt more substantial than the original and when I put them side by side, I could see the difference. 





The one on the right is my old copy. It is 196 pages and the new one is 242 pages. The font is different so that would account for a little bit of difference in page length, but I also know that after editing there was also a little bit of word count added. I don't know that anyone will see the differences... well, the die-hard Valespian Pact re-readers probably will. If you bought your books through the publisher, LT3 Press, or Amazon, you can download the updated version. With Amazon it's a bit trickier because you have to go to 'manage your devices', search for the book, and select the update option. I don't know if you can do the same with B&N, iBooks, or Kobo. 

That is all for now! See you next Pact Day!  


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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Assassin's Retirement Chapter Twenty-Five, Part Two #blogstory #Gentleman #ION #amwriting


Welcome back! Previously, Myranda Anatha asked to speak to Zane in private and he took her to his music room. She is interested in his project and has asked him to explain. Little does he know, his answer really matters.


Copyright Lexi Ander


"Right before my father died…" Pain hit Zane in the chest like a bowling ball. His father was really his brother. He cleared his throat, trying to cover his unintentional wince. "He was working on a paper for one of his academic journals. The topic was how patriarchy stole the names of powerful women in history in order to diminish their influence on the populace. Many cultures have characters in lore simply called things like 'the Lady of the Lake'. In Beowulf's poem all the women who behaved 'properly'—" Zane was warming up to the topic, making air quotes as he started talking with his hands. "All of those women have names except Grendel's Mother. She had power and prestige, lived in an underwater hall, wore armor and fought better than Beowulf, she was stronger than Beowulf, exercised her right to vengeance over the death of her son as was the law of the time… yet they called her witch, inhuman, half-bestial, evil, ogress, and monster. The literal translations were clear, and phrases like 'ides aglaecwif' which means 'lady, fighter-woman', were translated by male scholars as 'monstrous hag' or 'she-monster'. The list of purposeful mistranslations goes on, defaming Grendel's Mother instead of regaling her feats."

While Zane had explained, Myranda turned, giving him her full attention, and again he sensed the power she held, as if she was an overflowing vessel.

"They stole her name," Zane finished lamely.

"Yes, they did," Myranda agreed, approval in her tone. "She was a great woman, heartbroken over the loss of her only child. Beowulf was wrong to take her life and he betrayed his mantle with his foolish actions."

That was the first he had heard of Beowulf having a mantle, though Zane had only just learned about scions. He guessed it made sense. Beowulf had been carrying supernatural weapons that the poem claimed had been made by a god.

"Did you know her?" He wondered if that was a foolish question.

"No, she was before my time, but I knew of her. My goddess experienced a different type of erasure when the Greeks pulled the triple goddess into their pantheon, separating her three aspects. They claimed Zeus swallowed Metis the Mother, and then they set Athena the Maiden against Medusa the Crone." Myranda looked grim as if the centuries old betrayal still angered her.

Zane had run across the story when he was researching historical women, like the Lady of the Lake. Patriarchy had worked to diminish and change Anatha because her influence threatened them. The triple goddess was from Libya, North Africa. The original Athena the Maiden represented independence, youthful exuberance, and growth. Her particular attributes were strength, courage, and valor. Metis the Mother was associated with fertility and motherhood. Medusa the Crone was the Dark Moon aspect of Anatha, and the strongest of three. She was the Wise One, Keeper of the Dark Moon Mysteries, and Goddess of Death and Rebirth. Standing next to Zane was the priestess of a very old and powerful goddess. Which aspect of Anatha would judge Ella?

"One of the reasons I wished to speak with you privately has to do with the mantels. The agents sent to retrieve the cases from Ella's hotel room discovered she had almost twenty." Myranda's eyes blazed, their warm brown turning molten. "I can only imagine there are more hidden. The bloodlines affected…" Her white veil ruffled with her gusty, rage-filled exhale. "The most immediate concern is getting the mantels back to the bloodlines. It is evident the bloodlines do not trust the organization, otherwise they would have come to us regarding this heinous betrayal by the House of Oden's Runes. If there is one corrupt house, how far does the fingers of that corruption reach? I have to wonder the same myself."

Myranda stared at Zane's crappy drawing, her gaze turning contemplative as if searching for an answer to a question only she knew. When she turned back to him, her eyes were opaque and the power rolling off her moved with purpose. Zane's skin crawled and his first reaction was to move away. After the Greeks had destroyed the temples of Anatha, the Mask of Medusa—not the one that Perseus created of Medusa's severed head that ended up on Athena's shield, but the one that hung at Myranda's belt with its red face and glaring eyes—became a symbol. A warning to all men to stay away or die. The sense of foreboding and death that he felt as the Goddess Anatha stared at him from her priestess's eyes made him want to run. It took all his willpower to plant his feet, but he could not stare back. Not at her eyes, and he found himself looking at the shape of her chin outlined by the veil, or at her shoulder, even the wall behind her, anywhere but her glowing eyes that seemed to see into his very core.

"I believe that you can be trusted to handle the mantels," She finally said.

"What?" Despite his resolve, Zane hurriedly stepped back, sweat breaking out on his upper lip. "I barely know anything about mantels or the bloodlines or scions."

"And I cannot take them with me without sowing more distrust. You might be a scion, but you are also a neutral party that has no history or connection to the wrongdoing. You are also one of them, currently unattached to a mantle, therefore not a thrall of the corrupt house." Her eyes crinkled with her smile. "And you are brother to Skyld who is known for thumbing his nose at the oracles. Between the two of you, the bloodlines will feel safe coming to you and retrieving their lost mantels. If you agree to this arrangement, I will have any newly found mantels sent to you as well."

Zane didn't answer right away, unsure if he wanted to be embroiled deeper into this otherworld or not. He might not have a choice with people like Ella out there. Though he now had family, Skyld and a grandfather he would like to meet. He looked back at Alonzo, unable to make a decision until he had Alonzo's input. But Alonzo merely nodded and smiled sweetly, easing the apprehension that had risen with her request.

"All right, I'll do it."

Anatha's power gripped Zane, holding him in place. "Thus, I, Medusa the Wise One, decree Zane Snow Cortese as protector of the scion mantles."

Table of Contents


Chapter One - Retirement
Chapter Two - Normal is not supposed to be this hard
Chapter Three - Caught
Chapter Four - Crimson Comet
Chapter Five - Mountain Magic
Chapter Six, Part 1 - Harbinger of a Nightmare
Chapter Six, Part 2 -
Chapter Seven, Part 1 - Stolen Answers
Chapter Seven, Part 2 -
Chapter Eight, Part 1 - No such thing as heroes
Chapter Eight, Part 2 -
Chapter Nine, Part 1 - Dead is supposed to be... dead
Chapter Nine, Part 2 -
Chapter Ten, Part 1 - Gathering Allies
Chapter Ten, Part 2
Chapter Eleven - Combustible
Chapter Twelve - Standing His Ground
Chapter Thirteen - Choices
Chapter Fourteen, Part 1
Chapter Fourteen, Part 2
Chapter Fifteen, Part 1 - To kill, or not to kill
Chapter Fifteen, Part 2
Chapter Sixteen - Maricoxi Guardians
Chapter Seventeen - Coincidence?
Chapter Eighteen, Part One - Guns Ablazin'
Chapter Eighteen, Part Two
Chapter Nineteen, Part One - Reckoning
Chapter Nineteen, Part Two
Chapter Twenty - Mercy
Chapter Twenty-One
Chapter Twenty-Two, Part One
Chapter Twenty-Two, Part Two
Chapter Twenty-Two, Part Three
Chapter Twenty-Three
Chapter Twenty-Four
Chapter Twenty-Five, Part 1

Chapter Twenty-Five, Part 2


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